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WWE Rumors: WWE planning to use the "Broken" gimmick upon Hardyz return

Are we going to see Broken Matt and Brother Nero on WWE programming soon?

The brothers Hardy look likely to make their WWE returns soon

What’s the story?

Despite the legal battle between TNA and The Hardyz over ownership of the “Broken” gimmick, the WWE is planning to go ahead with using it if Matt and Jeff Hardy do make their return to the company. This is according to information coming in from The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The Hardyz’ Ring of Honor contracts expire on April 1, meaning they are free to sign with Vince McMahon’s promotion at any point after that. It remains to be seen how the WWE plans to bypass the legal trouble that will no doubt follow if they do air the Broken gimmick on their programming.

In case you didn’t know...

The Hardyz left TNA earlier this year and proceeded to sign a short-term contract with ROH. Things soon turned ugly, though, as Anthem Entertainment, the new owners of Impact Wrestling decided to file a lawsuit claiming legal ownership of the Broken gimmick which has propelled Jeff and especially Matt Hardy into superstardom.

This meant that The Hardyz were not allowed to use unleash their Broken Brilliance during their multiple Ring of Honor appearances where they even won the ROH Tag Team Titles from The Young Bucks.

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The legal battle is still ongoing between the two parties and it doesn’t look like there will be an amicable settlement anytime soon, especially if the Hardy brothers make their long-awaited return to the WWE.

The heart of the matter

The WWE seem hell bent on making full use of the Broken gimmick as it is a large part of what has made the Hardyz so popular over the past six months or so. It would make no sense for the WWE to abandon the gimmick and they seem to realise that based on the Twitter interaction between their social media team and Matt Hardy himself.

Here’s one of their exchanges:

Matt Hardy, of course, responded in his own special way.

Things are certainly heating up.

What next?

Everything seems to be pointing to an impending WWE return from the Hardyz and it makes complete sense for the WWE to employ them are their Broken best. It remains to be seen how the WWE’s involvement will affect the legal proceedings between Impact Wrestling and The Broken Hardyz, though.

Author’s take

The Broken gimmick was one of the most innovative ideas to enter the wrestling world in recent memory and it is all down to Matt Hardy’s creativity and dedication to the character of Broken Matt.

He fully deserves the rights to use the gimmick as he sees fit and we certainly hope that legal trouble won’t keep him from using the gimmick upon his return to the WWE.


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